Book Openers

As a little kid I always had my nose in a book. And now that I'm thoroughly grown up, I still do. Below you'll find author profiles (lots of memoirists) as well as mini – and not-so-mini – book reviews.

WNBA — 100 Years of Advocating for Women, Writing and Books

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Join me on Nov. 5 at Book Passage Corte Madera for a lively panel on women in the world of books. One hundred years ago, … [Read more...]

Ann Patchett — My Brand-New Favorite Author

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got a new favorite author. Ann Patchett. Step aside Marilynne Robinson and Annie Dillard, Leo Tolstoy and Richard Ford. … [Read more...]

A Chance to Get Acquainted With That Muslim Next Door

It's been eight years since my writer colleague and Islamic law expert Sumbul Ali-Karamali first published her informative -- and charming -- book about … [Read more...]

Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, was a blast. Lots of fun authors, including a … [Read more...]

50 Books 50 Covers — How Top Designers Catch the Reader’s Eye

Want to see some gorgeous book cover designs? Go to the winners page of the 50 Books 50 Covers competition sponsored by the Design Observer Group … [Read more...]